Groups including Mozilla and Public Knowledge argue in a US appeals court filing that the Federal Communications Commission's Restoring Internet Freedom order is a bad policy that's also against the law. The groups say the FCC lacks jurisdiction over the internet and that it was "cherrypicking" investment evidence to justify the regulation.
Sunday morning talk shows have shifted their focus with President Donald Trump in the White House to not only define the news of the week, but also attempt to distinguish fact from fiction for the millions of "elite viewers" who tune in to the TV broadcasts each week. "I think that the Sunday shows are more relevant and more important than ever in the Trump era," said Chris Wallace, host of "Fox News Sunday."
Comcast has claimed the most national ad revenue so far this year, per the Standard Media Index. The company took 19% of national revenue for entertainment programming in the second quarter and 12% of national ad revenue in the first half of 2018, beating out Google's 10% share.
Netflix has announced that it will debut its first Mexican reality series Sept. 28. "Made in Mexico" will focus on the wealthy lives of nine socialites in Mexico City.
Pay TV will have new opportunities for growth with the launch of 5G technology, writes Jeff Kagan. Through wireless networks, pay TV will be available to watch everywhere across devices, paving the way for new competitors, offerings and technologies, Kagan writes.
Gray has sold nine additional stations across eight markets as it works to comply with local ownership rules before acquiring Raycom Media. Tegna, Lockwood Broadcasting and Scripps each purchased a group of stations in deals valued at $235.5 million total.
CBS Radio will once again face off against ABS Entertainment over the copyrights of pre-1972 recordings. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals determined that the judgment made in 2016 was made too quickly.
Cumulus Media has entered a multiyear deal with Total Traffic & Weather Network as the provider of its traffic content. The deal comes after Cumulus revealed that it lost nearly $5 million in revenue from the United States Traffic Network.
Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J., has sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission Inspector General David Hunt pushing for a probe into a call last month between the White House counsel and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. The call "could very well constitute concealment or coverup and require further investigation" of the Tribune-Sinclair merger, Pallone wrote.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai was on hand for a Next Gen TV demonstration at Phoenix's Univision station. Over-the-air reception, an upconversion of a 3.0 signal to 4K HDR, emergency alerts, and other benefits and features were showcased during the demonstration.
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